Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Director/Screenwriter: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: MTV Books
“This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.” – (Goodreads)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower has a special place in my heart, so when I heard there was going to be a movie adaption I was determined to go and see it. After a few unexpected bumps in the road I was able to pull some money together and, along with some friends, headed off to the theater. It has been about a week since I have seen this film, but I really needed to let the feels set in before writing up my thoughts on it. Honestly, I was fully expecting to cry during this movie.
About two or so minutes in I was starting to get nervous though. The relationships seemed to be playing differently than the way they did in the book and it felt like it ‘jumped’ between times. What I mean by that is it felt like at some points it was in the present, but at other points it was at the time the book took place. Yet, after a few minutes of that it seemed to smooth out. The relationships also started to play out more like the book’s as well.
The acting in this movie was phenomenal! Logan Lerman (Charlie), Emma Watson (Sam), and Ezra Miller (Patrick) were all so true to the characters they were portraying. They really made the watcher feel as if they were there with them and experiencing what they were experiencing. I should mention though that I did feel the movie lost a tiny bit of it’s emotional investment because when you are reading the book it is letters from Charlie to an anonymous person, whom I also liked to believe was myself. By imagining that it was me he was writing to it gave a bit more of a personal touch, however; in the movie he doesn’t write as many letters and it is slightly harder to imagine that they are to me. That’s not to say this movie didn’t produce any emotion, on the contrary, it was an emotion overload. Seriously, I was swimming in the feels! I did not end up crying, but I was holding the tears back and my eyes stung.
This was our general reaction to the movie (created by the lovely
Blezon ) :
Both the book and movie deal heavily with drugs, rape, and other issues that may make some people feel uncomfortable. These issues, in my opinion, do not deteriorate the message of the book/movie at all, but in fact enhances them to there fullest potential. It makes me happy to find an author/director that isn’t afraid to tread into dangerous waters and is willing to work with, instead of against, so many social taboos. It in no way gives a message that doing drugs or what not is alright, but more that different people handle different things, well, differently. It’s, to put it simply, beautifully done.
Overall, this was a lovely adaption to the book. I would recommend this movie to fans of the book and people have not read it. It’s a glorious movie that is easy to get invested in and attached to the characters. So, if you are looking for a movie about life and a movie that will give you hope, I point you here. Here to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Thank you, Stephen Chbosky for both a extraordinary novel and a magnificent movie. They were both awe-inspiring! Also, thanks to all the actors and actress for bringing this book to life and thanks to my friends for coming to share in the feels. I can’t…
Rating: 5 out of 5